12-17-2011 12-17-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2577B Boston
December 17, 2011 10:00 AMCalender

Art Deco Demilune Desk and Chair

Auction: 20th Century Design - 2577B Location: Boston Date / Time: December 17, 2011 10:00AM


Art Deco Demilune Desk and Chair
Mahogany, walnut, and maple veneers, mohair
United States
Demilune shape with bookmatched walnut veneer writing surface in a fan pattern over three drawers with maple veneer fronts; accompanied by a barrel-back chair in caramel-brown mohair upholstery, split on chair arm, some wear, chair ht. 29 1/2, desk ht. 34, wd. 38, dp. 21 1/2 in.

Provenance: Inherited from a descendant of the Lindeberg family.

Note: Most probably designed by renowned country house architect Harrie T. Lindeberg, as it came from his house, for which he designed most of the furniture.

Lindeberg's career spanned from the Progressive Era of Teddy Roosevelt to the beginning of Modernism at the end of World War II. Well-known as a gentleman architect, he was more of an innovative traditionalist compared to his contemporaries Frank Lloyd Wright, William Adams Delano, and George Howe. Between 1906-1914, Lindeberg and his partner, Lewis Albro, successfully built a new type of country home which was both pastoral and sophisticated. As the railroad moved into suburban areas, Lindeberg and Albro built many alluring country homes. By the mid-1920s, Lindeberg's clients were found in metropolitan New York, as well as throughout the United States. In the mid-1930s, with the shift toward Modernism, Lindeberg's sleek cellular architectural designs won little acclaim among his peers. Lindeberg lived quietly on his Long Island estate with his third wife, Angeline Krech James, during World War II.
Estimate $700-900


Harrie T. Lindeberg, United States, Chair, barrel-back chair, renowned country house architect, Teddy Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, George Howe, William Adams Delano, gentleman architect, Lewis Albro, Angeline Krech James